Arsenal FC – Our home record against Napoli

Naples is one of the oldest continuously inhabited urban areas in the world. It was first settled by Greeks in the second millennium BC. In the ninth century BC, a colony known as Parthenope was established on the Island of Megaride later refounded as Neápolis in the sixth century BC. The city was an important part of Magna Graecia, played a major role in the merging of Greek and Roman society and a significant cultural centre under the Romans. It served as the capital of the Duchy of Naples (661–1139), then of the Kingdom of Naples (1282–1816) and finally of the Two Sicilies until the unification of Italy in 1861.

Società Sportiva Calcio Napoli S.p.A.

Nickname(s)    Gli Azzurri (The Blues), I Partenopei (The Parthenopeans)

Napoli’s San Paolo Stadium (capacity 60,240) was inaugurated in 1959 and is the third largest in Italy, after Milan’s Meazza Stadium and Rome’s Olimpico. Situated in the Fuorigrotta neighbourhood, it measures 110 by 68 meters. It was remodelled for the 1980 European Championship and again for the World Cup hosted by Italy in 1990, when a covering and a new 330-seat press stand were installed, the track and lighting systems were redone and the stadium was brought up to FIFA safety standards. With an 8-lane track, three sports gyms, a boxing gym, a fitness gym and a wrestling and martial arts gym.

Naples Football Club was the first true Neapolitan football club to represent the city.  It was founded between late 1904 and early 1905, after a series of meetings at the homes of an Englishman, William Poths, and a Neapolitan, Ernesto Bruschini.

William Poths

Dark and pale blue stripes were chosen as the team colours. Their first President was engineer Amedeo Salsi, flanked by Poths, Bayon and two amateur football players, Conforti and Catterina. William Poths deserves special mention. An employee of the Cunard Shipping Line, he moved to Naples from England in 1903 and quite naturally brought all his English customs with him, including an immense passion for football, which had been played in England since 1847 and was rapidly gaining popularity in Europe and Italy too. There were already several teams in Naples: The aristocratic Open Air team, The Helios team, and the Audace team.

Early games were played at via Campegna. Napoli’s early history seems sketchier by comparison to Arsenal’s. The following is a translation from a SSC Napoli history site which beautifully captures the appeal of the early rise of football in the area by describing the via Campegna playing conditions.

a rather unstable and dusty expanse of land where a group of “stoic gamblers” chased a rolling sphere in shorts and rough and often ungainly attitudes that induced the paying public (at that time half a lira) including marquises, countesses, dukes and real dudes and ” gagà ” of Naples to smile at observing that absurd race to those who conquered the ball

Napoli broke the world transfer record fee after acquiring Diego Maradona in a €12 million deal from Barcelona on 30 June 1984. The 1986–87 season was the landmark in Napoli’s history; they won the double, securing the Serie A title by three points and then beating Atalanta 4–0 to lift the Coppa Italia.


National titles

Serie A

Winners (2): 1986–87, 1989–90

Coppa Italia

Winners (5): 1961–62, 1975–76, 1986–87, 2011–12, 2013–14

Supercoppa Italiana

Winners (2): 1990, 2014

European titles


Winners (1): 1988–89

Our only home game against Napoli was in Group F of the 2013-14 Champions League – we won the game 2-0 with goals from Ozil (his first Arsenal goal) and Giroud.

The Napoli fans have a reputation it’s fair to say and caused a deal of trouble in Islington in 2013.

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Given our away record this season we will need to take full advantage of playing in front of our home supporters and win the game with an all important clean sheet.



14 Responses to Arsenal FC – Our home record against Napoli

  1. RA says:

    Well, I never!! Well, OK sometimes I have, but ……

    Tremendous, GN5 — up until now, Napoli has been a foreign country to me, as regards its fascinating history, but you have corrected that deficiency, mercifully beaucoup. 👍

    After last weekend’s performance, my previous quiet confidence in getting through this hurdle has taken a bit of a glancing blow — it has become a close the eyes, rely on good fortune, and hope for the best.

  2. RA says:

    ‘Pool are flukey enough to win everything this season. I doubt I have seen any club get so lucky in getting deflected goals since Manure under Ferguson.

    And what happened to “the best team in England” aka Citeh, to get a penalty against the spuds and then miss it, and allow a tame effort from Son (whom I rate) without tackling him – and without an away goal that could get the swamp dwellers through to the semi-finals.

    Bah, humbug, and bow locks.

  3. RA says:

    Well it seems I am now in a Breakfast Club of one — with not even Micky Mouse, Chas the Patron or Erik the Well-Read showing up. Booo

    If no one appears in the next 20 mins, I will tell a joke.
    Be warned!

  4. Sue says:

    RA… totally agree about Pool.. EVERYTHING is going their way… wouldn’t surprise me if they do lift the trophy next month (& devastate me in the process!)
    Yes and City were awful… I was expecting a hammering… I know 1-0 isn’t the end of the world, but it could have been better (Yes Sergio) just have to hope Barca win tonight

  5. RA says:

    Hi Peggy Sue,

    You have saved the Breakfast Club from one of my jokes — usually knicked from elsewhere — so you are now eligible to join for free, should you so wish, unless you are really Eddie, who is not a bloke but a female, feminine woman, who is already a member – except she has currently disappeared.

    This is getting confusing, so maybe I will tell a joke and then go and self-combust! 😳

    [And by the way – we are in agreement about both Pool and Citeh — sod them]

  6. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Great stuff as always GN5.

    Naples is a wonderful place for a visit – such a romantic city (if you ignore the dirt, poverty and mafia). The sight of Vesuvius, the Isle of Capri etc.

    Didit and I were planning n away day but transport proved to be a major stumbling block. Instead I will travel today to the North of Italy and spend tomorrow evening in a bar.

  7. RA says:

    Back to your rambling estate for a little boar shooting with the Italian, cognoscenti, is it Raddy? 😎

    Dundidit is a little fussy about transport, he insists on a private jet — or a bike where he can perform acrobatics over the handlebars, while he pedals the 2,500 miles to Napoli.

  8. allezkev says:

    Another thoroughly enjoyable and informative read GN5, thanks for that.
    Arsenal usually do well against Italian teams, but after our last display on Merseyside I’m a little less confident.
    I’d take 2-0 or even 1-0 if offered now…

  9. GunnerN5 says:

    I think my wife maybe secretly taking drugs.
    The phone rang this morning and I distinctly heard a man saying ‘Has that dope gone yet?’.

  10. RA says:

    GN5, 😁👍🤩

  11. chas says:

    Many thanks, GN5.
    So much to know and so little time. 😊

  12. chas says:

    Not many comments, as you might expect, but over 800 views and 600 visitors is pretty damn fine.

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